Tannya Roumimper wins qualifying in 13th Kingdom of Bahrain Championship



    Indonesian leads the top 30 players including seven women into the finals; score to make the cut in 27th place is 2549 (212.42)

    2013IBCTannyaRoumimper2.jpgTannya Roumimper (pictured left) of Indonesia held on to the lead Thursday as Squads D, E and F rolled their second six-game block at Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra, Bahrain, en route to win the qualifying of the 13th Kingdom of Bahrain Championship and to lead the top 30 players into the finals on Friday and Saturday.

    2014IBMABotMMarshallKent.jpgRoumimper, who has won her first World Bowling Tour title in the H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar last week was the best of 15 women in the 143-player field from 22 countries averaging 228.50 scratch for her 12-game series and 2826 total including seven pins handicap per game.

    PBA rookie of the year Marshall Kent (right), United States, stayed in second place with 2764 and the field-best 230.33 average. Kent earned a $1,000 bonus for rolling the tournament's first and only 300 game so far in his 1481 second-block, the highest series in qualifying.

    2014EBT04TimMack2.jpg2014PBAOskuPalermaa.jpgTim Mack (left), who has won numerous titles in his illustrious amateur career, posted the lone 1400-series on the last day of qualifying to lead Squad E with 1412 and 2709 total, a 225.73 average, and to jump into third place in the overall standings.

    Qualifiers 13 to 18, who got a first-round bye, was spearheaded by two-handed player Osku Palermaa (right) from Finland. The multiple PBA and European Bowling Tour champion, who started the day "on the bubble", paced Squad F with 1365 and 2653 total (221.08).

    This group featured three Singaporean women, Jazreel Tan, Bernice Lim and Cherie Tan, their fellow countryman Muhammad Jaris Goh and 10-time PBA champion Wes Malott, United States.

    201213PBABradAngelo.jpgPlaces 19 to 27 qualified for the second round. Brad Angelo (right), United States, took the 27th and last spot to qualify for the finals with 2549 and an average of 212.42. Those nine players will be joined in Round Two on Friday, March 6, starting at 10 a.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST) by the next two Bahraini bowlers (Mohammed Janahi and Abdulla A. Karim) and an additional woman (Missy Parkin, USA).

    The 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship is the ninth tournament on the 2015 World Bowling Tour and the qualifying event for the Bahrain leg, the second event on the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour (March 8).

    The Bahrain Championship was held from March 2-7 at Ozone Entertainment Center, a 12-laner inside the Sitra Mall in Sitra, Bahrain. Players will compete for total prize money of US$104,050 with $25,000 going to the winner, $12,500 to the runner-up and $8,000 to the third place finisher. In addition the tournament offers a $1,000 bonus for the first 300 game.

    According to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Bahrain Championship will award a PBA title, if won by a PBA member.

    Qualifying (two 6-game series; unlimited re-entries) runs from February 16-21 for local bowlers and March 2-5 for international bowlers (three squads per day). Women and youth bowlers (age 17 and younger) receive seven pins handicap each game.

    Total 30 players advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday, March 6 & 7, including the top 27 qualifiers, the next two Bahrainis and the top-ranked woman.

    Players 1-6 (top 5 plus the next Bahraini) receive three byes. Players 7-12 receive two byes and players 13-18 earn one bye. The remaining 12 players advance to the second round.

    Rounds 2-5 consist of six games scratch with the top six players advancing to the next round with the exception of Round 5, where the top three players will advance to the stepladder finals.

    The No. 2 seed bowls the No. 3 seed in the semifinal match. The winner of that game takes on the top-seeded player for the title and the US$25,000 first-place check. According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2014, currently consists of 19 tournaments in the Middle East (8), United States (7), Asia (2) and Europe (2) including seven "majors" and 12 regular tournaments.

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2013 and all points from the 2014 and 2015 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT points list will be invited to compete in the 2015 World Bowling Tour Finals in the beginning of 2016.

    World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.


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    13th Bahrain Championship - Standings after Qualifying

    Top 27 qualifiers plus the next two Bahrainis and the next woman (total 30 players) advance to the finals.


    300 games (1) - Marshall Kent.